Chalk this way – Sunderland’s oldest church hosts gigantic art project

Ian Potts, centre, Art Director at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, with youngsters at the chalk in event on Saturday.

Ian Potts, centre, Art Director at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, with youngsters at the chalk in event on Saturday.

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CREATIVE visitors to St Peter’s Church put chalk to pavement to create eye-catching art works.

The church’s Bakehouse Gallery hosted a chalk-in event to colour in giant drawings outside the church.

Artist Ian Potts and a new exhibition which is being assembled at the Bakehouse Galley at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

Artist Ian Potts and a new exhibition which is being assembled at the Bakehouse Galley at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

The interactive event coincided with an exhibition running at the gallery which showcases art works uncovered in the church’s attic as well as pieces inspired by the church.

It’s hoped that members of the surrounding community will become more involved in art displays at the church.

Curator Ian Potts said: “We are looking for people to submit photos of Roker and Monkwearmouth in a celebration of the community.

“I am setting up a website - hawaythelads.org - which will be a collection of images from the area.”

Artist Ian Potts and a new exhibition which is being assembled at the Bakehouse Galley at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.'Joining Ian Potts are John Urch from Monkwearmouth, Dot Debitt from Hendon, Alicia barnes and her mum Fiona, from Roker.

Artist Ian Potts and a new exhibition which is being assembled at the Bakehouse Galley at St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.'Joining Ian Potts are John Urch from Monkwearmouth, Dot Debitt from Hendon, Alicia barnes and her mum Fiona, from Roker.